Kathy Griffin Blames Trump for Failed Career: ‘I Can’t Do it Anymore’
The anti-Trump comedian says there is such a thing as 'bad publicity'
Comedian Kathy Griffin has claimed she has been blacklisted by Hollywood for her notorious President Donald Trump decapitation photo which caused outrage over a year and a half ago.
The anti-Trump comedian, who previously won Grammys before venturing into political commentary, appeared at South By Southwest to promote her new stand-up film, “Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story."
Griffin reportedly financed the promotion of her film herself because she is no longer able to find support in Hollywood.
The comedian faced a backlash in 2017 for holding a fake severed head of President Trump.
But the move was not only widely condemned, but it also lost her sponsors, hosting gigs and tour dates.
She was then investigated by the Department of Justice and placed on the federal no-fly list during that time.
“Never in the history of the United States has a sitting president used the power of the Oval Office, the first family, the right-wing media, and the Department of Justice to try to make an American citizen unemployable and uninsurable for an absolute non-threat that was covered by the First Amendment,” Ms. Griffin told The Daily Beast.
She described the media backlash as being thrown into “the Trump woodchipper."
Griffin said she had learned an important lesson from her stunt saying, “It turns out there is such a thing as bad publicity."
As the Independent reported last yeas: Kathy Griffin described the fallout from her Trump beheading photo "faux-outrage."
The comedian's life drastically changed last May when the photo - featuring her holding the bloody head of President Trump - came out.
"I really never thought that photo would take off at all," she said of the incident to the Associated Press.
"Like I've been doing 'shocking' things my whole career."
Griffin "lost income, received death threats, was criticized by Trump, landed on an Interpol criminal list and was afraid to leave her home."
For two months, she was even under investigation by the Department of Justice.
"It shouldn't happen to an American citizen," she said.
But Griffin stated that the photo was protected speech.
"If there's one amendment I'm familiar with it's the First Amendment," she added.
"I know it back and forth, and it's how I make my living."
The Suddenly Susan and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List star admits her rash apology video and "disastrous" press conference alongside attorney Lisa Bloom where she called Trump a "bully" made the situation worse.